Happy Thanksgiving From AAD: A Reflection On Our Blessings


It is officially one of our favorite times of the year! The Fall and Winter seasons bring so much to be happy about – cooler weather, wonderful food, football season, the holidays, and cherished time with family and friends. Thanksgiving holds an especially dear place in our hearts because it’s a time to sit back, reflect on all that we’ve been blessed with, and remember to appreciate it.

So much has happened in this past year, and we are overwhelmingly grateful for all of it! We could write a book on everything that we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving, but instead we’ll keep it to the three most important ones.

We are thankful for our providers and our staff. 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we would not be able to function without them. Not only are they the backbone of our organization, they are some of our closest friends and a huge part of why we wake up and come to work each morning. We’re so proud of their dedication, of their insane knowledge, of their commitment to holding themselves to the highest standards of care, and of the relationships that they have forged with our patients over the years.

We are thankful for our patients. 

Over the past 30 years we have worked hard to establish an AAD family, and our patients have become a huge part of that. We are so grateful to each and every one of you for trusting us with your care, for being so amazing, and for making what we do so much more enjoyable. Thank you for your support!

We are thankful for our families.

Working in healthcare isn’t always easy. Even with incredible coworkers and wonderful patients, the reality is that there are bad days too. The joy that we are able to consistently find in our work, even during the toughest of times, is a testament to the loving support of our families and friends. They are our biggest cheerleaders, our support system on bad days and good days, and they were the ones who encouraged us to pursue the dreams that led us here. We don’t say it enough, but thank you for everything that you do.

When we opened the doors to Academic Alliance in Dermatology 30 years ago, we never could have dreamt that we would end up where we are today. We have been so blessed over the past three decades with the best patients and providers anyone could ask for, and are so thankful each and every day for the kindness and support they provide. This Thanksgiving we are so very grateful for each of you.

Morgan Rudd